Ultimus Management Team

Leigh Michl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

leigh michl

Leigh Michl has been the CEO of Ultimus since 2009 and a director since 2007. Prior to Ultimus, Leigh spent 24 years in the venture capital and private equity industry where he focused on the information technology and technology-enabled business services markets. He was a founder and Managing Director of Ascent Venture Partners and a Partner at Advent International. Leigh also held audit and business analysis positions at The Pioneer Group, Inc. and completed General Electric Company’s Financial Management Program. He had been Chairman of the Mad River Glen Cooperative and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee and Investment Committee of the Berklee College of Music. Leigh holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Bates College and a master's degree in finance from Boston College.

Karl Freiheit, President


Karl Freiheit has 25 years of operating experience in IT hardware, software and consulting companies and has been focused on delivering customer success in the Business Process Management market since 1996. Prior to joining Ultimus in 2001, he held various sales and management positions at multinational corporations including NCR and Compunet and was the Founder and Managing Director of i-media consulting, an internet/intranet solutions company. Karl earned a master degree in computer science from the University of Federal Armed Forces Germany in Munich and holds an executive MBA degree of the GSBA Zurich, Switzerland.

Vincent Yeung, President - Ultimus China


Vincent Yeung has led Ultimus operations in China and Hong Kong since joining the Company in 2007. He has more than sixteen years of experience in the IT industry in China, holding senior positions in sales, marketing, and operations with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. While at Sun Microsystems, he successfully designed and implemented the Sun China CSO partner model and successfully implemented the Java Center of Excellence program as well as built the Sun Partner Development Center in China, enhancing the competitiveness of the company. As the General Manager of Channel Sales for Hewlett-Packard Service in China, Vincent built a Chinese channel sales team from scratch with an impressive sales track record. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from Purdue University, USA.

Frederic Bergé, President - Ultimus Latin America


Fred Bergé heads all operations and sales efforts for Ultimus in Latin America. Fred joined Ultimus in 2004 and opened and managed the Company’s Iberian operation. He was also Ultimus’ Southern Europe Manager and EMEA Business Development Manager.

Fred started his career as an Officer in the French Marine Commando School and later joined CCMX Paris as a Project Manager before joining Hyperion, where he held a number of sales management positions. He also held positions with Marketic, IONA, and WebMethods. Fred earned a degree in computer science at Ecole Supérieure de Gestion in Paris, France and in marketing and management at the Institut Européen de Management International.

Mohamed Omar, President - Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia

Mohamed Omar

Mohamed Omar heads all operations and sales efforts for Ultimus in Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia. Mohamed joined Ultimus in 2008 as Business Development Manager. He was also Ultimus Middle East Region Manager starting 2010. He held a number of sales and region management positions with an Ultimus partner prior joining Ultimus and was working on Ultimus solutions since 1999.

As President for Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, Mohamed ensures that successful proven models for customer success are shared around the territory. Mohamed earned a bachelor degree in computer and mathematics from Alexandria University and multiple certifications from multiple global organizations in information security, project management, and Information Technology governance.

Lewis K. Heaps, Chief Information Officer


Lewis Heaps manages Ultimus’ internal technology infrastructure and is responsible for internal process development, implementation as well as technology reuse initiatives. In this role, he is also responsible for internal process development and implementation as well as technology reuse initiatives. Lewis has been with Ultimus for 5 years and previously held positions as both Manager - IT and Internal Applications Group and Professional Services Manager. Prior to Ultimus Lewis held IT Management positions at Lotus (IBM) and Novell. His strong IT background has been instrumental in his building of several dedicated IT teams. He has in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Server & Client Operating Systems and is Microsoft MCP certified.

Rudi Schmahlfeldt, Director – North America and Europe Sales


Rudi Schmahlfeldt leads all sales operations in North America and throughout Europe. Rudi joined Ultimus in 2002, heading sales in the Central European region and Scandinavia. Later on, he was responsible for all sales within Europe.

Rudi has 30+ years of experience in leading sales and management positions at multinational software and IT hardware corporations, including Digital Equipment, SDRC, Documentum and Metastorm. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at the Senior Technical College of Wuppertal.

Irfan Bashir, Vice President – Software Development


Irfan leads all software development efforts and activities in Ultimus. He joined Ultimus in 1999 and has over 15 years of Software development, management and architecture experience. Working over the years on different positions he has gained lot of knowledge of product and technologies. He has firsthand experience working directly with many large scale customers, understanding their problems and needs for the future. Irfan has a master degree in computer sciences.

Laura Storjohann - Director of Marketing

 Laura Storjohann


Laura Storjohann joined Ultimus in 2010 and leads corporate marketing and communications initiatives. As a full stack marketer, Laura focuses on Ultimus’ digital marketing efforts, including SEO, SEM, lead generation, conversion optimization, email and content marketing, as well as UI design and UX for Ultimus' software products. Laura is also responsible for development, design and maintenance of all Ultimus websites. Laura holds multiple marketing certifications and a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Relations and Communications from West Virginia University.

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